My grandmother was a phenomenal cook. She is partly the reason I am in love with being in the kitchen. My mom was a great cook as well, but sadly, I don’t have as many memories of being in the kitchen with her as much as I do of my grandmother. My aunt, who has become my biggest role model and my mother-figure, is constantly in the kitchen as well, and I owe lots of my go-to recipes and tried and true tricks when making meals to her. Sometime in December, my aunt and I plan to crack open my grandmother’s recipe box and make some of her incredible cookie recipes, some of which may end up on this very blog. Until then, I hope you enjoy a twist on the classic Italian meatball: Greek turkey meatballs!Jump to Recipe
There are rarely any herbs that I do not like, yet I always forget to make meals with them, especially fresh herbs. I find that I end up wasting the fresh herbs (and forget to repurpose them the appropriate way) so I don’t buy them often. This recipe was a perfect opportunity to buy fresh dill and use most of it in the meatballs as well as the homemade gravy I made for them. Oh, yes, homemade dill gravy.
It’s a very basic meatball recipe: breadcrumb, egg, salt and pepper, with an addition of sprigs of dill and instead of garlic powder, I used oregano, coriander, and basil. These all come together with ground turkey in a bowl. It’s very important not to overwork the meat mixture as it can get tough easily, and given that it is turkey meat, it’s not as fatty as beef would be.
This recipe also comes with a homemade gravy – which is way easier than you think. I rely on arrowroot instead of cornstarch to thicken sauces, stews, chilis, and all sorts of recipes, so this came in handy when thickening my gravy. I used arrowroot and 1 tbsp of flour (cassava, because that’s all i have), fresh dill, and 1 cup of vegetable stock. All you need is a whisk, a saucepan, and patience. I’m really looking forward to prepping these meatballs again in the coming weeks for lunch over some risotto or lemon roasted potatoes and make it a really Greek-tastic meal!
Greek Turkey Meatballs
Get your tastebuds ready for this incredibly easy, meal-prep friendly, version on Greek meatballs. Ground turkey is the star of this dish, paired with a homemade dill gravy, you'll be popping these meatballs by the handful!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp dried coriander
- 3 tbsp fresh dill chopped
- 2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
For the Gravy
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp flour or arrowroot or cornstarch
- 3 tbsp dill sprigs
Preheat the oven to 350* and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Combine the turkey meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and seasonings together in a mixing bowl. using your hands, fold the ingredients together until just combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.
Using a tsp of oil, coat your hands and take a spoon to scoop meat and form into a meatball. Place on the baking sheet and repeat until all the meat is finished.
Bake for 25 minutes. Pour gravy on top and enjoy!
For the Gravy
Heat the vegetable stock on a medium heat and bring to a light boil. Add the dill
Add the flour and whisk to combine.
Lower the flame to medium low and whisk until the gravy begins to thicken and coat the back of a spoon. (approximately 3-5m). Pour over meatballs